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Texas judge in abortion pill case is a conservative favorite

By Lindsay Whitehurst and Alanna Durkin Richer — March 17, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk is a former attorney for a Christian legal group and was appointed by President Donald Trump.

US tribes get bison as they seek to restore bond with animal

By Thomas Peipert and Matthew Brown — March 17, 2023

Catholic system pulls out of Connecticut hospital merger

By Associated Press — March 17, 2023
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NY diocese facing flood of lawsuits files for bankruptcy

By Michael Hill — March 17, 2023
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Albany diocese is dealing with a deluge of lawsuits dating to when New York temporarily suspended the statute of limitations on childhood abuse.

Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues

By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”

The women who stood with Martin Luther King Jr. and sustained a movement for social change

By Vicki Crawford — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — From family to grassroots activists, these are some of the women who shaped MLK’s vision and campaigns.

How Frances Willard shaped feminism by leading the 19th-century temperance movement

By Christopher H. Evans — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — A historian highlights the role of Frances Willard, who helped found the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, one of the major social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

What is a pogrom? Israeli mob attack has put a century-old word in the spotlight

By Joshua Shanes — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Jewish history explains how the term ‘pogrom’ lives in Jewish collective memory and why its use can be highly contentious.

Nazi orders for Jews to wear a star were hateful, but far from unique – a historian traces the long history of antisemitic badges

By Flora Cassen — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — Badges and other wearable markings had a long history of being used to target Jewish people in Europe.

30 years later, Waco siege still resonates – especially among anti-government extremists

By Art Jipson and Paul J. Becker — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — Waco has been used as a rallying cry for decades, two scholars of domestic extremism explain.

Robots are performing Hindu rituals — some devotees fear they’ll replace worshippers

By Holly Walters — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — The use of AI and robotic technology in worship is raising profound questions about its long-term consequences. Will it lead to the betterment of society or replace practitioners?

Why the pronouns used for God matter

By Annie Selak — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — With the Church of England considering gender-neutral language to refer to God, a feminist theologian explains how Christianity has historically recognized many pronouns to refer to the divine.

French church abuse victims get reparations, and recognition

By Sylvie Corbet — March 10, 2023
PARIS (AP) — France’s Catholic bishops’ conference agreed to provide reparations after a 2021 report estimated some 330,000 children were sexually abused over 70 years by priests or other church-related figures in France.

German gunman kills 6 at Hamburg Jehovah’s Witness hall

By Pietro De Cristofaro, Frank Jordans, and Geir Moulson — March 10, 2023
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors say the suspected Hamburg shooter was a former member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

3 big numbers that tell the story of secularization in America

By Phil Zuckerman — March 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Secularization has fascinated sociologists for 200 years – but that doesn’t mean they always agree on what it is, or how much it’s happening.
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